Pterodactyls

by The Mercury Tree

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released August 12, 2011

Ben Spees - guitar, voice, keyboard
Connor Reilly - drums
Alan Johnson - bass

All songs recorded & mixed by Ben Spees at Bongo Fury & Mercury Tree Studios, except "Octarine" recorded at Level 7 Studios by Josh Gillis. Artwork by Leslie Eleveld.

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Track Name: Hatchlings
World cracks open
World cracks open your eyes
Breathe in for the first time
At first light

All you have is what you are
All you have is what you are
You won't get far
You won't get far

World cracks open
World cracks open your mind
Thinking for the first time
At first light

All you have is what you are
All you have is what you are
You won't get far
You won't get far
Track Name: Cephalopod
Was it a crime?
I've done my time
Never applied for a license
Who did I serve?
I had some nerve
I must deserve the violent silence

Cephalopod
What a giant head you've got
Remarkable in size
All the suckers stream behind
And don't they have to
for you to be satisfied?
And in your grasp you
drag us far beneath the tide

What does it gain you?
What does it gain you?
Who can contain you when you rise?

Cephalopod
Empirically you may be flawed
But here you make the laws
The darkness babbles its applause
Did I offend you
with my marvel and my awe?
I tried to lend you
a mounting plate upon my wall

What did it gain me?
What did it gain me?
It always pained me to hear your call

My bones lie at the bottom of the sea
My bones lie at the bottom of the sea
Now that you've no further use for me
You only think about your cephalopod
You only think about your cephalopod
Watching from the bottom's where I'll be.
Track Name: Time Lapse
Never tell me what you're after,
just repeat the same thing faster.
I am not a cast of plaster.
Sure I'll change, I can change.
When I change, I will change you.

This is where you blew your cover.
Impersonate a jilted lover,
but we don't even know each other.
Sure I'll change, I can change.
When I change, you will change too.

When I crash through this plate glass shattering,
I can see you reflected.
Reliving the past in this slow motion epitaph,
carved in time lapse.

Never saw yourself as equal.
I treated you just like a freak will,
but we don't need to make a sequel.
I can change, I can change.
When I change, you will change too.

When I crash through this plate glass shattering,
I can see you, but not hear you.
Reliving the past in this slow motion epitaph,
carved in time lapse.
And who will you ask
When you've used up your every chance?
Track Name: Pterodactyls
Obsessed with all your posters of the fractals
Whose contours mirror your complexity
Your endless need for someone to react'll
be the thing to lead to more you need
And don't you ever say you got my back
You'll never have a single sorry slice of me
The voices that you hear are pterodactyls

Everywhere you go, you just coast
You just glide
And all your errors, we forgive
Your reign of terror we can let slide
But careful where you go
You never always know how low they fly

Face down
Nose dive
Cut through an orange sky
To find you where you hide

Collect a set of grudges in a satchel
To be dispensed when you've condensed to tar
And do you hear the laughter
Like a pack of jackals
Cackling at every hint of what you are
Now feel it ending
As your nervous endings crackle
Tackled at the apex of your ascent
The visions you've been sent are pterodactyls

Everywhere you go, you just coast
You just glide
And all your errors, we forgive
Your reign of terror we can let slide
But careful where you go
You never always know how low they fly
Inside

Face down
Nose dive
Cut through a black sky
To show you the harsh light

Pterodactyls tear the thing you love apart
Even as you cling to them with bleeding heart
Even as you sing to them, how great thou art
Pterodactyls tear the thing you love apart
And you can try to run
That will make it more fun for them
You can implore them
See where it gets you
But when they all surround you
And put their arms around you
You're through

I warned you, I warned you
I warned you, I warned you
I warned you, I warned you
I warned you, I warned you
You took the final word
You struck the final chord

I warned you, I warned you
I warned you, I warned you
I warned you, I warned you
I warned you, I warned you
You took the final word
You struck the final chord
Track Name: Interstitial
(instrumental)
Track Name: The Frozen Seas of Europa
Wicked giant
Gazing with a flashing eye
I beseech thee
Hold thy burning vapors at a distance
Shadowed by your grand existence

Journey through the dark for you
Bear this tiny spark for you
I look through the glass to you
Second, first, and last to you

When I find the frozen seas of Europa
Europa
I'm cracking you open
Open to find
I'll die
Mapping your oceans
Parsing the tokens
Instruments detect life

Cryobot descending
Cryobot descending

Brittle vessel
Unprepared for what's to come
Wrap around my
Precious body essence in suspension
Breaking in the breaking tension

Journeyed through the dark for you
Bore this tiny spark for you
I look through the glass to you
Second, first, and last to you

When I find the frozen seas of Europa
Europa
I'm cracking you open
Open to find
I'll die
Mapping your oceans
Parsing the tokens
Instruments detect life

In this approach
Indescribably slow
I see a shape in the...
I see a shape in the...
I see a face in the ice
of Europa
Europa
Europa
I'll die
Mapping your oceans
Parsing the tokens
Instruments detect life

Cryobot descending...
Track Name: Velociraptor
You're a velociraptor
Velociwrapped around my neck
You'll always be the answer
Majestic captor of my self-respect

Now did you say something to me?
I can hear you only slightly
Bloodflow constricted to my face
Gone pale in your embrace
I'm OK

Let this heart feed you
Let these lungs feed you
Let this spine feed you
Let me into you
Let me into you
I continue in you

As I am crushed between your jaws
It sometimes gives me pause
The leaves are changing
How sharp and beautiful your teeth
Above me and beneath
You're so amazing

And as I am shaken like a rag doll
See your tail wag
It's all amusing
And although my vision slips away
I know it's not too late
It's just confusing

Let this heart feed you
Let these lungs feed you
Let this spine feed you
Let me into you
Let me into you
I continue in you
Track Name: Bassosaur
Bassosaur
I have heard you roar into battle
Anywhere you travel
You can always win the loudness war
With your aggression
Passive in a massive show of force
Your obsession
Lays a claim to set the course
And you can drag me anywhere, it is your curse
But never lag me
You're always faster in reverse

Bassosaur
Shake the ocean floor
With a rumble mountains crumble
Shatter all along the shore
With your obstruction
Create your own subduction zone
That construction
Drives a primal rhythm home
And you can drag me anywhere, it is your curse
But never lag me
You break apart the universe
Track Name: Octarine
In the sheen of all the colors
One is not unlike the others
And in my narcoleptic dream
I see another shade of you
You

In the sheen of all the colors
One is not unlike the others
Octarine
And in my narcoleptic dream
I see another shade of you in
Octarine

Come back to me
Come back to me
In shades of octarine
In shades of octarine
Holding onto what can't be
You're the strangest thing I've ever seen
Filtered through the shades of octarine

Blood can run as thick as water
Just how far, we will discover
Octarine
Now as I'm lying in the gutter
Feel it running out of me in
Octarine

Come back to me
Come back to me
In shades of octarine
In shades of octarine
Holding onto what can't be
You're the strangest thing I've ever seen
Filtered through the shades of

Octarine, how could you wear so many faces?
I fall between the spaces
Every time I see you, I cannot believe you
I should never have believed you

I should never have believed you
In shades of octarine
In shades of octarine
Holding onto you kills me
Still the strangest thing I've ever seen
Melted in the shades of octarine